ONS: 12 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan continued.
  • AMERICAS: Peru deployed 1,500 troops to cordon off an area where alleged Shining Path rebels kidnapped 36 gas pipeline workers.
  • ASIA:  The Philippines withdrew its naval flagship from a standoff with Chinese vessels in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE:  Two Turkish soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels in the south.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemen reported at least eight Al Qaeda linked militants were killed near Lawdar.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  The US Department of Justice sued Apple and five large publishers for allegedly conspiring to inflate e-book prices.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Ceasefire may have begun
    • Activists reported a ceasefire deal brokered by Kofi Annan appeared to be holding,  though government forces still have not withdrawn from populated areas.
    • The opposition national council called for protests to resume.
    • Turkish PM Erdogan stated his country may seek NATO assistance in the event of further border violations by Syrian forces.
    • Coverage: AFPVoAAl JazeeraAP-1AP-2Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan accused the north of launching airstrikes on a disputed border region, as Sudan announced it was mobilizing its army. (ReutersAFP)
  • DR Congo: President Kabila announced the government would serve an arrest warrant for Army General Ntaganda, who is wanted by the ICC. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Finance Minister Saeed said he expected the government to conclude a financing deal with the IMF by 15MAY. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Dioncounda Traore was sworn in as interim president, and threatened “total war” against Tuareg rebels in the north. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe returned to the country amid rumors he had suffered a health crisis. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican President Calderon made his first official visit to Cuba for talks. (AP)
  • Peru: 1,500 troops were deployed to cordon off an area where alleged Shining Path rebels kidnapped 36 gas pipeline workers. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez returned from medical treatment in Cuba, and said he was “doing well.” (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities seized 1.2 tons of cocaine and arrested four in Paraguana peninsula.  (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines withdrew its naval flagship from a standoff with Chinese vessels in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Region: Pakistan freed 26 imprisoned Indian fishermen as a “goodwill gesture.” (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: During a visit to Kabul, Secretary General Rasmussen reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to the planned withdrawal. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai stated he was considering calling for early elections. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The five-day window for the planned rocket launch opened. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Opposition party “A Just Russia” walked out of parliament following a speech by PM Putin in an apparent snub. (BBC)
  • Russia: Gunmen killed a prosecutor in Russia’s North Caucasus. (AP)
  • Turkey: Two soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels in the south. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Analysts reported internal divisions within Iran’s government were interfering with its unity in the face of upcoming negotiations on its nuclear program. (WSJ)
  • Israel: Palestine rejected a proposal by Israeli PM Netanyahu to start immediate talks without preconditions. (AP)
  • Yemen: At least eight Al Qaeda linked militants were killed in clashes with soldiers and government airstrikes near Lawdar. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Media: The US Department of Justice sued Apple and five large publishers for allegedly conspiring to inflate e-book prices. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Gulf of California
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 10.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Gulf of California
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Michoacan, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 20 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13APR)

  • Afghanistan: Polish peacekeeping mission mandate ends.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War – 1975.
  • Myanmar: Start of the New Year Water Festival.
  • North Korea: Parliament convenes over rocket launch.
  • Turkey: G5+1 powers hold nuclear talks on Iran.

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